Photography Lessons Designed to Inspire Creativity and Promote Social Good

Getty Unshuttered is both a platform and a community for teens to share their passion for photography and social justice advocacy. At a time when digital tools are needed in schools, Unshuttered provides a resource to inspire high school teachers and their students to explore the medium and its social impact.

Lessons are designed to be used in a series, but feel free to choose how they best fit with your individual classroom plan. They can be implemented in a variety of teaching contexts: from art to history to social studies, and beyond. We want to hear your thoughts, experiences and feedback. Please help us to improve these Unshuttered resources by completing this survey. All survey respondents have the option to receive a free copy of "Off the Walls: Inspired Re-creations of Iconic Artworks" as a thank you for your input and participation.

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Social Justice Advocacy and Photography

Photographs convey potent messages. They entice. They draw us in. They communicate ideas that resonate across time, place, and context. Photography has often been used to bring awareness to social justice issues and to inspire action. Today we live in a world in which more people than ever create and consume images. Photography may be our most powerful means to inspire positive change. These lessons include explorations of self-identity, community, and service.

Visual Narrative and Photography

This lesson plan series will focus on the art of storytelling through photography. Building on the skills of photography and advocacy planning, students will learn how to add visual narrative to the mix and craft their own photographic essays.

Coming Spring 2021.

Foundational Photography Skills

No matter what type of camera a student has, this lesson plan series will teach them the basics of photography as a set of skills. From composition to light to perspective, students will learn the principles of the medium to inform how they “read” photographs and to enable them to hone their creative practice.